Hurricane Irma: What to expect on Delmarva
Although Miami was spared a big brunt of Hurricane Irma, mobile home residents here are not breathing a sigh of relief as they return to their now damaged or completely destroyed homes. Colette Luke has more. Video provided by Reuters Newslook
Hurricane Irma veered slightly right, giving Tampa area officials less to worry about in terms of storm surge from the Gulf of Mexico, but causing slightly more storm damage inland in places like Polk County. (Sept. 11) AP
Why is water seemingly disappearing from beaches as Hurricane Irma approaches? We explain. USA TODAY
Gatorland in Orlando says it’s 2,000 alligators and crocodiles will weather out the storm and are not getting out. Buzz60
A monster Hurricane Irma roared into Florida Sunday with 130 mph winds, flooding streets and knocking out power to more than 1.5 million homes. In Palm Bay, a tornado triggered by Irma's approach destroyed a number of mobile homes. (Sept. 10) AP
Television station WPLG caught a suspected looting incident at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida shoe store Sunday as Hurricane Irma approached the area. (Sept. 10) AP
Water crashes over seawall at Miami River as Hurricane Irma roars ashore.
With evacuations in full swing, Pasco County, Florida officials have one of the busiest shelters in the area accepting people with special needs so they can get the care they need during Hurricane Irma. USA TODAY
Rescuers with the Martin County Sheriff's Department pluck boaters from their vessel stranded among the outer bands of Hurricane Irma. Video provided by Reuters Newslook
Hurricane Irma floods streets and whips the coastline of St. Lucie County, Florida.
Hurricane Irma pummels Florida Keys. Video provided by AFP Newslook
Winds and rain pick up as Hurricane Irma moves across south Florida and the Florida Keys. Jack Gruber, USA TODAY
A Florida Sheriff in Pasco County, where Hurricane Irma is expected to hit directly as it moves up through the state, tweeted, warning residents not to shoot firearms at Hurricane Irma. Buzz60
The National Weather Service in Miami has issued tornado warnings for a wide swath of Monroe, Miami-Dade and Broward counties in South Florida. (Sept. 10) AP
Ahead of the storm's arrival, about 6.3 million Florida residents were told to evacuate. Video provided by Newsy Newslook
Hurricane Irma brings strong winds and heavy rain to the island of Cuba. Video provided by Reuters Newslook
Florida Governor Rick Scott said he requested a major disaster declaration from President Donald Trump and warned that devastating storm surges will hit the western coast of Florida as Hurricane Irma churns northward. Video provided by Reuters Newslook
As the winds and rain from Hurricane Irma pick up, dramatic video is showing the how areas from Miami to the Florida Keys are taking the full force of the storm. USA TODAY
Floridians on the west coast experienced long lines and frustrating delays getting into shelters, despite a scramble to convert high schools, recreation centers, and other facilities into safe places to ride out the storm. (Sept. 9) AP
The streets of Miami, Florida were mostly empty as thousands of people huddled in shelters or battened-down homes as Hurricane Irma approached. Video provided by Reuters Newslook
Millions of Florida residents have been told to evacuate, after Hurricane Irma kills at least 22 people in the eastern Caribbean and leaves devastation in its wake. Jillian Kitchener reports. Video provided by Reuters Newslook
About 300 monkeys will ride out Hurricane Irma at Monkey Jungle, a wildlife park in southern Miami-Dade County that has been operating since 1933. USA TODAY
Florida Governor Rick Scott said early Saturday that Hurricane Irma has begun to impact the state, with tropical storm winds and nearly 25,000 people without power. AP
Loyal customers came out to protect a popular neighborhood restaurant in Lakeland, Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma Saturday September 9, 2017. Owner Arty Artyamsval is very thankful to have such loyal customers. USA TODAY
A visualization of how storm surge works, and the damage it can do during a hurricane. USA TODAY
Raw drone video shows evacuees arriving at Germain Arena in Fort Myers, Fla., ahead of hurricane Irma's arrival. USA TODAY
Raw drone video shows evacuees arriving at Germain Arena in Fort Myers, Fla., ahead of hurricane Irma's arrival. USA TODAY
Thousands of Floridians crown around Germain Arena in Fort Myers, Fla., as they wait to get into the shelter ahead of hurricane Irma's landfall. USA TODAY
One man in Fort Myers, Florida says he's going to keep to his 'gambling ways' when it comes to Hurricane Irma. He says he's 'rolling the dice' and staying home. USA TODAY
As Hurricane Irma prepares to hit Florida, those on the Caribbean island of Anguilla are assessing the devastating effect the storm had on their island. Vanessa Croft Thompson, a teacher in Anguilla, says the storm brought mass destruction to the island. (Sept. 9) AP
People in Florida get into shelters ahead of hurricane Irma. Video provided by AFP Newslook
Hurricane Irma batters Cuba as it makes its way towards the Florida Keys. WVEC
Florida Governor Rick Scott issues a stark warning to residents saying Hurricane Irma is a "catastrophic storm" that is "wider than the entire state." Rough Cut (no reporter narration). Video provided by Reuters Newslook
Miami police join hands with social workers to evacuate some of the more than 1,000 homeless people in the city. Although most homeless residents comply, others have to be detained involuntarily. (Sept. 8) AP
As Florida braces for a direct him from Hurricane Irma, frustrations boiled over Friday in the Miami International airport as stranded travelers tried to find any way out of the massive storm's path. (Sept. 8) AP
As the Caribbean recovers from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, Floridians are preparing for the deadly Category 4 storm expected to hit this weekend. Susana Victoria Perez (@susana_vp) has more. Buzz60
To ensure drivers are able to fuel up as they evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma, patrol cars are providing escorts to gas trucks to make sure supplies can safely get to stations. USA TODAY
President Donald Trump praised his federal disaster agency, FEMA, as well as Fla. Gov. Rick Scott, on hurricane preparations in the Sunshine State, saying "we think we're as well-prepared as you can possibly be." (Sept. 7) AP
As Hurricane Irma approaches the Florida coast Miami, Florida, and Florida State have cancelled their upcoming football games scheduled for this weekend. Time_Sports
Hurricane Irma is only just arriving, and the damage it’s left in its wake is already enormous. Images circulating online may indicate that an iconic landmark has been destroyed. Aidan Kelley has the story. Buzz60
The Category 5 storm leveled many parts of Antigua and Barbuda, tore down trees in San Juan and ripped roofs off buildings in St. Martin. USA TODAY
Hurricane Irma clobbered Puerto Rico with rain on Wednesday as residents heeded the governor's warning to stay inside as the storm bore down on the island. Video provided by Reuters Newslook
The way hurricanes are tracked has changed a lot since Hurricane Andrew. Check out some of the new technology used to view storms. Time
The Hurricane Hunters fly into the eye of Hurricane Irma to continue to provide valuable data about the storm for weather forecasters. USA TODAY
NOAA has been sending 'Hurricane Hunter' aircraft over the Atlantic to get a closer look at Hurricane Irma. Take a flight with the team as they capture the powerful storm from the outside in. Sept. 3, 2017. USA TODAY
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- Florida Governor asks Trump for major disaster declaration
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- Trump: 'Florida as well-prepared as you can be'
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With Hurricane Irma roaring through the Caribbean and headed toward Florida, it's clear the storm has no intent of stopping soon.
Currently for the U.S., the super storm is set to have the biggest impact on Florida, Georgia and the South Carolina coast, said Alec Butner, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Wakefield, Virginia. However, it is uncertain exactly what it could bring to the Mid-Atlantic region.
For the Delmarva area, Butner said to possibly expect 1-2 inches of rainfall starting late Monday, Sept. 11 through early Wednesday, Sept. 13. Winds could reach 30-40 mph and low-end tropical storm gusts are possible.
Residents should make an inclement weather plan ahead of time just in case of a change of forecast. The Worcester County Humane Society posted on its Facebook page that due to "the uncertainty of Hurricane Irma's path, we are busy making hurricane evacuation plans so all our our animals remain safe." The society is suspending its animal intake until otherwise stated, according to the Facebook post.
On Thursday, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan urged residents to complete an emergency preparedness checklist to prepare for possible severe weather.
Items on the checklist include having a three-day supply of nonperishable food and a gallon of water per person per day.
In Delaware, emergency management officials reminded residents to have emergency kits ready and evacuation plans in place if they live in flood-prone areas.
Officials from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia said they are planning to hold a conference call on Friday to discuss storm preparations further.
On Sept. 6, the Maryland Department of Agriculture told residents to keep their pets and livestock in mind with hurricane plans. According to the website, households with pets should make an evacuation plan as many shelters do not accept animals. Owners should also make sure pets are up-to-date with vaccinations and veterinary visits.
When evacuating with pets, owners should create a kit including vet records, a collar with identification and three days' supply of food, water, and medication. Other items include toys and a photo of your pet, according to the website.
Butner said the current forecast shows the storm's path heading toward western Virginia and the Appalachian region, but those in that area don't need to worry about anything close to a Category 4 or 5 hurricane.
"It will be quickly diminishing," he said.
By the time the storm makes its Virginia landfall, it could quickly be reduced to a Category 1 hurricane, tropical storm or tropical depression.
However, like with all early forecasts, Butner warns the Mid-Atlantic region to stay alert.
"(It's) subject to change," he said.
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